Ford SA's communication manager Ben Pillay told Wheels24 that the new generation Ranger will be here in the latter part of 2007.
New Ranger due to arrive in SA later in 2007
According to Ford the new Ranger takes its styling from the company's American range of pickups.
The exterior and interior design is an extension of the most successful pickup truck in the world, the best-selling American Ford F- series.
Ford says the newcomer introduces better engine performance, fuel economy, passenger comfort, safety features, drivability, towing capacity and affordability.
The new Ford Ranger is powered by the latest commonrail engine with 16-valve Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), new generation high pressure Bosch Commonrail Fuel Injection System and Variable Geometry Turbocharger.
The 2.5L engine delivers 105 kW and 330 Nm of torque at a low 1 800 r/min, yet provides 22% better fuel economy than the Ranger's previous 2.5L WLT turbo engine.
The 3.0-litre engine is a new addition to the Ranger, and boasts 380 Nm torque at 1 800 r/min and 114 kW power output.
The turbo-diesel engine is mated to a new 5-speed manual transmission
There is no indication yet which engines will power South African derivatives.
The Ranger's new ladder frame chassis adds increased rigidity and a tougher and more durable suspension contributes to improved ride capability.
Steering has been optimised for easy handling at low speed and firmer steering at higher speeds, allowing for easier low speed parking manoeuvres and minimum of understeer and oversteer at high speeds.